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Featured upload! AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.1 (all games) * UPD 9 May 2009

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 8th Aug 2014 at 5:21 PM by leefish
533 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

>>> ANYGAMESTARTER <<<
Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!




IMPORTANT - COMPATIBILITY LIST
This AGS version is compatible with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, or other game editions not listed above

The installer works under Windows XP and Vista (32bit and 64bit)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION

  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).


WHAT IS THE ANYGAMESTARTER
The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )


HOW TO USE
First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:



You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.


Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

HINTS & TIPS / F.A.Q.
Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!



HOW TO UNINSTALL
You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -


CHANGELOG and HISTORY
It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnyGameStarter_Setup.zip | Description: Version 2.1 - Compatible with all Sims2 games 2.05 MB 19,885 14th Mar 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#526 Old 6th Aug 2015 at 3:41 AM
I started using it recently and it really works perfectly for theme hoods !
I wanted to say thanks, even if you don't log to MTS anymore. We'll miss you.
Test Subject
#527 Old 17th Aug 2015 at 9:01 PM
Can you please update this for Ultimate Collection?
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#528 Old 10th Sep 2015 at 1:00 AM
Thank you!
Test Subject
#529 Old 29th Nov 2015 at 9:58 PM
Wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

It Ruined My Game It Says Im Running The Wrong Version What The H!?!?!?!?!?!?
Test Subject
#530 Old 28th Jan 2016 at 1:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris091104
Can you please update this for Ultimate Collection?


It's been a long time since numenor last logged in
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#531 Old 4th Apr 2016 at 3:12 PM
The only way The Sims 2 will run on my computer (Win10) is through the ultimate collection, would absolutely LOVE it if someone would update this program :D. I'd like to play a legacy up to NL only. Although I can deal with adding mods to take care of nuisances for me for now. Please update though!!! :-) Let me edit to leave a thanks and not only a request and also add that this program is great! I've used it in the past for one reason or another, was very useful.
Field Researcher
#532 Old 30th May 2016 at 2:11 AM
I love this program, and I use it all the time. However, it would be cool if someone could make it use the "Angel & Nurses" unofficial EP from Back Alley Sims ...

I believe in the "Thanks" button and its amazing powers !!!
Forum Resident
#533 Old 20th Apr 2017 at 7:26 AM
Unfortunately this is complicated and I don't recommend it, it actually messes with your system path files redirects your personal Documents elsewhere which messes up other software.

If you want to change it run any game it's easy done manually by simply changing 1 value in the registry, for a 64bit OS just go to,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2

Then go to the string 'EPsInstalled' and change this to whatever EPs your system thinks you have installed.

Example: If you only want to run the Base Game, University, and NL, just change it to

Code:
Sims2EP1.exe,Sims2EP2.exe


Then run the latest EP at the time which would of only been EP2, so you would run, Sims2EP2.exe.

Leave string blank for the Base Game only, and simply just run, Sims2.exe

You get the picture, this is how simple this really is.
Top Secret Researcher
#534 Old 5th Aug 2017 at 4:08 PM
Okay, I seem to have figured out a very easy way to get this to work with 64-bit Windows 10. Simply choose 'Advanced User - Select Directory' upon installation of the game and any packs, and then remove the (x86) from the path. This worked for me as it installed everything into the correct programs directory.


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